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Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Diagnosing TMJ disorders is often complex and therefore should be conducted by oral and maxillofacial surgeons — experts in the field of the mouth, teeth and jaw. An accurate diagnosis of TMJ is very important before starting a treatment plan.

Proper diagnosis begins with a detailed medical history and physical, including careful assessment of your teeth and function of your jaw joints and muscles.

Imagining tests, such as X-rays of your teeth and jaw may be taken. In some cases, a "cast" of your teeth may be made to see how your bite fits together.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.